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November

30
Doncic, Mavs edge Curry, Warriors in West finals replay

Tim Hardaway Jr. had to watch when his Dallas Mavericks lost to the Golden State Warriors in last season’s Western Conference finals. He found himself in the middle of some playoff intensity in their first meeting this season. Hardaway hit a go-ahead 3-pointer late, Luka Doncic scored 41 points in his NBA-leading fifth triple-double and the Mavericks held off the Warriors 116-113 on Tuesday night. Dallas ended a four-game losing streak, the longest in two seasons under coach Jason Kidd. Golden State, a winner in five matches last spring on the way to the title, lost for just the second time in seven games after […]

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November

29
Astros sign slugger Jose Abreu to 3-year deal

Slugging first baseman José Abreu signed a three-year deal with the Houston Astros, it was announced on Monday. Abreu, who turns 36 in January, earned the American League MVP award in 2020 and is second in baseball with 863 RBIs since his first season in the major leagues, 2014. He hit .304/.378/.446 this year with the Chicago White Sox, for whom he had played all nine of his big league seasons after defecting from Cuba. Following a dreadful first five weeks, Abreu was one of the best hitters in baseball over the final three-quarters of the season, batting .335/.405/.479, though his 15 home runs […]

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November

28
Pittsburgh Pirates, 1B Carlos Santana agree on 1-year, $6.7M deal

First baseman Carlos Santana and the Pittsburgh Pirates are in agreement on a one-year, $6.7 million contract, pending the results of a physical, sources familiar with the deal told ESPN. Santana, 36, concluded with a league-average OPS last year, hitting .202/.316/.376 between stints with the Seattle Mariners and Kansas City Royals. But his expected numbers, based on how hard he hit the ball (an 81st-percentile exit velocity) and his elite walk rate (97th percentile), projected far better results, something that drove his market. Further, nobody was shifted a higher percentage last year than Santana, who saw altered defense in 356 of his 362 left-handed batting appearances. With […]

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November

25
Jiri Prochazka vacates 205-pound championship due to shoulder injury

UFC light heavyweight champion Jiri Prochazka has vacated his 205-pound championship after suffering a severe shoulder injury, UFC president Dana White told ESPN on Wednesday. Prochazka (29-3-1), 30, was arranged to defend his title versus Glover Teixeira in the main event of UFC 282 on Dec. 10 in Las Vegas. He confirmed in an Instagram post Wednesday that he was vacating his belt, saying that he injured his shoulder while training for the Teixeira bout. Prochazka stated he will need surgery and will be out of action for at least six months, but his estimated timeframe for recovery is upward of one year. Prochazka elected […]

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November

24
Angels acquire Hunter Renfroe, send 3 pitchers to Brewers

The Los Angeles Angels obtained power-hitting outfielder Hunter Renfroe in a trade with the Milwaukee Brewers for three young pitchers Tuesday night. Milwaukee received right-handers Janson Junk and Elvis Peguero, and minor league lefty Adam Seminaris. Renfroe batted .255 with 29 home runs, 72 RBIs and an .807 OPS in 125 games this season, his first with the Brewers. He led major league right fielders with 11 assists and ranked 10th in the National League with a .492 slugging percentage. “Obviously, it’s a productive player who’s done it year in and year out for a while,” Angels general manager Perry Minasian said on a Zoom conference with reporters. “It’s […]

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November

23
Clippers rule out Kawhi Leonard (ankle) against Warriors

LA Clippers star Kawhi Leonard will not face the Golden State Warriors here on Wednesday due to a sprained right ankle. Leonard landed awkwardly after attempting to block a shot late in the fourth quarter of the Clippers’ win over the visiting Utah Jazz on Monday. “Just rolled my ankle,” he said Monday. “But I should be fine.” It’s the latest injury for Leonard, who returned last week and played in three matches after a 12-game absence due to a right knee injury. The Clippers, in fact, will face the defending champs without their two best players. Paul George will miss his second consecutive game with a right hamstring […]

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November

22
Dodgers non-tender Cody Bellinger, making him a free agent

Cody Bellinger, a 27-year-old outfielder who was an MVP as recently as 2019, was non-tendered by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday, a somewhat expected move that nonetheless encapsulates his precipitous downfall offensively. Bellinger was due to make something in the neighborhood of $18 million in 2023, which would have been his final season before free agency. Instead, he’ll venture into the free agent market a year early, though the Dodgers and Bellinger’s agent, Scott Boras, can renegotiate a different contract, perhaps one that covers multiple years at a lower rate. Regardless, a Dodgers team coming off back-to-back 100-plus-win seasons is in […]

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November

21
Clippers star George exits game with right knee soreness

After burying five 3-pointers and scoring 21 points in the first half, Paul George was held out of the second half of the LA Clippers’ 119-97 victory over the San Antonio Spurs because of right knee soreness. Clippers coach Ty Lue stated George’s injury did not appear to be serious. George felt good enough to remain on the bench in the second half and even took part in tossing T-shirts to the crowd during a timeout. George did not talk to reporters after the game, but Lue said the guard was feeling fine afterward. “He’s doing OK,” Lue said. “I haven’t seen what they […]

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November

18
Clippers star Kawhi Leonard will return, start vs. Pistons

Kawhi Leonard will return and start versus the Detroit Pistons on Thursday night, coach Ty Lue stated. Leonard was previously listed as out, but his status was upgraded to questionable at the LA Clippers’ Thursday morning shootaround. After playing in two of the first three games of the season, coming off the bench in both games, Leonard experienced stiffness in his surgically repaired right knee at a morning shootaround before a game at Oklahoma City on Oct. 25. He has missed 12 straight games since. Leonard did not play all of last season after tearing his right ACL in Game 4 of the Clippers’ […]

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November

17
Justin Verlander wins third AL Cy Young by unanimous vote

Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander won his third American League Cy Young Award on Thursday, joining a distinguished club with fewer than a dozen members throughout baseball history. He did so unanimously. And he did so under unprecedented circumstances — as a 39-year-old coming off Tommy John surgery, which kept him off a major league mound for most of the past two years. It was all rooted in positive thinking. When Verlander decided to surgically repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in September 2020, he thought not about his age but about a percentage: 89%. That, he told MLB Network before being announced […]

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